Win at Work-Life Balance
WIN AT WORK-LIFE BALANCE
As part of our Future Focus programme here at Unlocking Potential we are constantly evolving the support we offer based on what you tell us is important to you. Recently, from a combination of our Refresh & Refocus Lab series and our other events, there has been a growing topic of conversation regarding how businesses and leaders can foster positive working environments in order to build growth, not only within the business but for each individual on a personal level too.
So, we have taken a step back, put the coffee on to brew, and collated industry insights on how to win at the work-life balance.
Starting firstly with a flash back to our Future Focus Engineering the Future event in early July this year, where we heard from Will Butler-Adams OBE, Managing Director of Brompton Bikes, who inspired attendees with their ‘9 day fortnight’ scheme. Encouraging all employees to flex their hours (if they wish) in order to either finish at lunchtime each Friday, or to take alternate Friday’s in the month off.
The Guardian recently covered a similar scheme, where a company in New Zealand trialled a 4 day week, while maintaining salary, and the results reported “78% of employees feeling they were able to successfully manage their work-life balance, an increase of 24 percentage points.”
Interestingly, both Brompton Bikes and the New Zealand based company highlighted the use of automation as a vital tool in achieving these more flexible working schemes, and at the core of these processes were their staff. Both companies encouraged their teams to develop and implement new working methods to improve efficiency, productivity and happiness!
“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a moulder of consensus. Martin Luther King, Jr”
Key to the success of all this, resides with our business leaders. The word ‘lead’ is small but carries greatness! Through the ages iconic leaders have carried us forward as nations, and the same can be said for some of the most successful global companies in our world today. Sir Richard Branson recently commented, “People in leadership positions set the tone for everyone else – if you want your company to be fun then you have to start being fun.”
The job of a leader or manager is to inspire, enable, support, motivate and challenge people to be the best they can be, in return you will have people who love their jobs and perform at the highest level, and that can only result in the best possible businesses – and people.
And so, with the image of Richard Branson dancing on tables locked in our mind, the UP team will begin planning our next team-day with great anticipation…!
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